because of mr. terupt by Rob Buyea
When I read the Amazon description of this book and saw that it was about a fifth-grade class, I wondered why several of these 7th graders had recommended this book. Having read it I would highly recommend it to sixth and seventh graders. This story is told with seven first-person voices. They are all fifth graders. All is good in the beginning but they foreshadow that a terrible accident will change everything. They honestly share their self-reflections on their roles as good, bad and sometimes mean kids. None of them are all one way. In fact, some of the least nice and least outgoing are the best people when the class rotates through assisting in the special needs classroom. And maybe most importantly they all have challenges going on at home which contribute to them falling short of their better selves at school. I think the fifth-grade setting offers a simpler school structure in which to tell the story and a genuine honesty to the children’s self-reflection. It offers the sixth and seventh-grade reader the chance to talk about who they most identify with and who they want to be.